Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Diagnosis & Tests

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How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Your doctor will probably ask you about your symptoms. He or she may examine you and ask you how you use your hands. Your doctor may also do these tests:

  • Your doctor may tap the inside of your wrist. You may feel pain or a sensation that feels like an electric shock.
  • Your doctor may ask you to bend your wrist down for 1 minute to see if this causes symptoms.

Your doctor may have you get a nerve conduction test or an electromyography (EMG) test to see whether the nerves and muscles in your arm and hand show the typical effects of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/96

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